Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Cabinet reshuffle was tactical and strategic

Cabinet reshuffle was tactical and strategic

But Gadkari is not keen on the move, said sources familiar with the changes lined up for the Cabinet.

Satya Pal Singh is a distinguished former IPS officer of the 1980 batch, Maharashtra cadre, and has been recognized with medals like the Antrik Suraksha Sewa Padak a Special Service Medal. Apart from the Mumbai police, he also previously headed the Pune and Nagpur forces.

The induction of Virendra Kumar, Gajendra Shekhawat and Anant Kumar Hegde has evidently been done keeping in mind the Assembly elections that are due in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Karnataka respectively over the next 14 months. She was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Bhatinda constituency after defeating Raninder Singh from Congress. The promotion of Naqvi and the induction of former IAS officer Alphons Kannanthanam may help the saffron party in its minority outreach. Hours before the Cabinet rejig, the BJP top brass seemed to be in a tight spot over portfolio redistribution. They will take oath as new ministers at the Rashtrapati Bhavan at 10 this morning.

He called Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi's elevation "mere tokenism" and said Nirmala Sitharaman's appointment as Defence Minister as a reward for non-performance.

Modi also named a new minister for the railways to restore confidence in the world's fourth-biggest rail network after a string of accidents, as well as a new leader to head a planned clean up of the river Ganges that has failed to make headway. On October 30, 1990, when Singh was the District Magistrate of Samastipur, he had famously ordered the arrest of BJP stalwart Lal Krishna Advani when the veteran leader's "Rath Yatra" was on its way to Ayodhya from Somnath, Gujarat.

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Bihar CM Nitish kumarIANS

The cabinet reshuffle has been guided by the "4P" principle: "passion, proficiency, professional and political acumen", aimed at delivering on Modi's vision of "New India" by 2022, the 75th anniversary of India's independence-an idea he had first flagged in March in an address to party workers at the BJP's headquarters in Delhi. Goyal also was given the additional charge of the Ministry of Coal.

The BJP had been brokering peace among the warring factions of the AIADMK, which saw a vertical split after the death of party matriarch and former TN chief minister J Jayalalithaa. "However, I wish them good luck, hoping that they would not handle their present responsibilities like their past ones", said Manish.

Uma Bharti now serves as the Cabinet Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation in the Union Government of India.

Union minister of state for human resource development Mahendra Nath Pandey has been appointed Uttar Pradesh BJP chief, thereby relieving him from his ministerial job following BJP's one-man-one-post principle. The Sangh has stalled the plan for her exit. Internally, the moves have already begun and the target, according to news reports, is 350 seats for the BJP.

Incidentally, all seven are ministers of state. Six ministers of the Union Cabinet had put in their papers, days ahead of the reshuffle.

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